How to take care of 100% cotton textile product
Our home textile collection is made with 100% cotton and it is naturally dyed. This process saves water and eliminates the negative impact of harsh chemicals on the soil. The leftover fabric is reutilised to maker smaller items out of the scrap fabrics while the small threads are used as fertilizers in cotton farms.
High quality materials require high quality care! We have therefore put together a list tips to ensure your home textiles stay soft and beautiful for many years to come!
1. Natural Dyes
All our products have been tested to be colorfast meaning that the dye will not fade or be washed out. However, natural dyes compared to synthetic dyes tend to fade in brightness with time, so please follow our wash instructions to ensure you enjoy your product for many years.
We can assure you that your product won’t run dye if you wash it carefully by hand with a PH neutral soap. Using a PH natural soap is important because one of the beautiful things about natural dyes is that they are alive. The colours dance in different lighting and appear to mysteriously change shades, and most colours are universally flattering on our skin tones. This means that many plant dyes are pH sensitive, so a final rinse in either an acidic or alkaline bucket of water will shift the colour into two directions.
Due to the natural dyes used in your products, colored water may run on the first washes, especially with indigo dyed fabric. This is completely normal and won’t stain other fabrics.
Please make sure detergent, or soap does not come into direct contact with the dyed material. Dissolve in water first. Don’t directly apply stain removers or use heavy-duty detergents.
Do not use bleach. Some household detergents contain bleach please check before use.
It does not matter whether you use laundry liquid or powder, the important thing is that you use something gentle, to preserve your plant colours.
I recommend keeping bright colours, lights and darks separate, because synthetic dyes can rinse out of fabric and tint your delicate plant hues. I wash my plant dyed clothes with other pale coloured items.
Air dry only! This will avoid shrinking and felting.
It is important not to use a dryer on delicate fabric as it weakens fibres over time and may cause shrinking and felting. There is always some fluff left in a dryer, and those are the fibres that have been lost from the clothing through the tumbling in the machine. Over time, more and more fibres are lost and your clothing will literally get thinner and thinner.
Avoid direct sunlight for long periods of time. Light is the enemy of natural dyes as natural dyes will fade when directly exposed to sunlight. So when drying outside make sure you dry in a shaded area.
However, even the lights in your home can cause discoloration. This doesn’t mean you need to hide your naturally dyed cloth away, but it does mean you should give a lot of thought into how you display and store these items. Try to store your homewares away from harsh light.
This brings us to storage. Homewares dyed naturally should be stored where it sees as little light as possible.
Due to the handmade quality of our products, small alterations might appear in colour and texture. We embrace this and it adds to the character of our products!
This guide is very comprehensive and it can be applied not only to our homewares collection but to any naturally dyed fabric. I hope this helps anyone who has been wanting to buy our naturally homewares but didn’t know quite how to care for it.